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Washington Square Park, New York City

(4.6/5 based on 40 reviews on the web)
Washington Square Park is a 9.75acre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City's 1,900 public parks, it is a landmark as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.The Park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway to the park, with a tradition of celebrating nonconformity. The Park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists. Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU while others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings.Location and featuresLocated at the foot of Fifth Avenue, the park is bordered by Washington Square North (Waverly Place east and west of the park), Washington Square East (University Place north of the park), Washington Square South (West 4th Street east and west of the park), and Washington Square West (MacDougal Street north and south of the park).
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  • Impressive monument to an important politician. Other than that nothing special around. Nice to see many people - many dogs on weekends.  more »
  • Park located in Greenwich Village, is the landmark Arc de Triomphe. Separated in front of the gate to start a life in New York were the ones in a premonition of the NY film lovers from the provinces arrived in New York, begins each world as a member of society. In that film learned in NY, the Arc de Triomphe, visited as a film location tour. Next there is small compared with the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
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  • In the middle of the city, will make you a nice rest during your trip to the park. Like other parks in New York. Various events in the Park, shows, if you come across should be fun.
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  • Wonderful park! Great place to sunbathe, lunch, walk around, skateboard (though officially its forbidden), watch performances or listen to the piano. There are two dog parks, seperate for small and large dogs. The small dog park is adorable, comfy and good sized. The large dog park is recently renovated (about a year) and is great size and layout, with a fountain and benches. Both parks have sand which my puppy loves to run around on.
  • Very eclectic. My daughter and I visited when she toured NYU. There were so many types of people, a very laid back atmosphere. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because we smelled weed the entire hour we were there and there were quite a few vagrants about. This doesn't bother me much, but as a parent considering sending my child to NYU, it was a concern.
  • I came here for the people watching and to spend a few relaxing hours. I was not disappointed. I saw children playing chess with skilled players, a musician who had brought a full sized piano to play, artists painting, the list goes on. Well worth a visit and one of the highlights of that day for me.
  • Since I was a little girl, my family and I have always enjoyed our experience here. I've gone from playing on the swings, to listening to music, taking free yoga classes, and just enjoying a cup of coffee in this wonderful NY establishment and it always feels so good. Great energy..... We should all Walk Barefoot In The Park!
  • People watching at it's finest. Great place to see the dogs running around in the dog park. There is always someone doing something entertaining. Bring a coffee and take a break here.